Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Yacht design inspired by Voronoi diagram

Industrial architect Hyun-Seok Kim, known for eccentric yacht designs, uses Voronoi diagrams as his latest inspiration: Still at the design stage, the 125-meter vessel is adorned with a complex lattice…

Keyboard with keys raised by frequency of use

Mike Knuepfel, a student in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, uses key frequency, according to Wikipedia, to build a keyboard sculpture. Taller keys equals higher frequency. Conclusions – This was just…

All roads lead to philosophy, on Wikipedia

Jeffrey Winter tests a hunch about links leading to philosophy on Wikipedia: There was an idea floating around that continuously following the first link of any Wikipedia article will eventually…

Simple guide to drunkenness

From Aran Kanani on DeviantArt. Try easing up on the tequila and maybe sticking in that middle realm next time, yeah? Have a nice weekend, all.…

Trulia Crime Map helps you find safe living places

Real estate site Trulia made a great move when they acquired mapping outfit Movity late last year to help users make informed decisions in home buying. A month ago, they…

How we describe ourselves, according to online dating profiles

The traditional way to gauge who we are as a country, state, or city is to turn to Census data for population, salaries, and family size. Many interesting stories can…

Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less

A lot of the time when making plans to meet up with friends or family, you’re not so concerned with how far possible locations are than you are how long…

Make shaped word clouds with Tagxedo

Love ’em or hate ’em, tag clouds, or the more recent incarnation, Wordles, are everywhere (especially in slide presentations). Well, Wordle wasn’t enough. I mean, you can’t even make shapes…

Rise and fall of housing prices

Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart: The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller…

11.3m player deaths visualized in point cloud

Sometimes visualizing everything can turn out beautiful results. It seems to work especially well when the data is geographic, as we saw with All Streets, OpenStreetMap edits, and tourist maps.…

Time-lapse of the night sky with the Very Large Telescope

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) in an array of four telescopes operated by European Southern Observatory, and together the array “can achieve an angular resolution of around 1 milliarcsecond, meaning…

Why you shouldn’t eat farmed fish – a graphical explanation

Do you know where your fish comes from? Well, yeah, it comes from the water, but there’s a little more to it than that. Nigel Upchurch, who previously explained the…

Aaron Koblin on visualizing humanity

Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of Google’s Data Arts team, shares some of the many projects that he’s worked on his recent TED talk (video below). Even if you don’t know…

Exploring NYT news and its authors

The IBM Visual Communication Lab published their first of what I hope many sketches exploring topics covered by The New York Times and its authors called NYTimes Writes, by Irene…

Better Life Index measures well-being across countries

OECD, with the help of Moritz Stefaner and Raureif, promote a well-being index beyond GDP in the Better Life Initiative: There is more to life than the cold numbers of…

A deadly year of tornadoes

As reported by The New York Times, the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, known to have killed at least 100 people, makes 2011 the deadliest year of tornadoes since 1953 (519…

Geography of hate

Richard Florida for The Atlantic takes a closer look at hate groups in the United States: Since 2000, the number of organized hate groups — from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and…

Super detailed map of the skies

The title just about says it all: The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and…

MacGyver recipe book – All 7 seasons of diversions and mischief

Oh. My. God. Fathom Information Design compiles every recipe from the show MacGyver: Have you ever wondered in how many different episodes MacGyver has made an arc welder (answer: 3…

U.S. home prices as opera

Planet Money, a radio show on NPR covering the global economy, loves data, but graphs don’t work out so well when your listeners can’t see them. So in this experiment,…

Anatomy of a mashup

Mashups, the art of mixing multiple songs into one continuous song, is a subtle art. When a mashup is done well, you often can’t hear all of the different songs…

Art reproduction incongruencies

When you think art reproduction, you probably think of something that looks almost identical to the original piece, but as Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas show in The Art of…

A century of deaths and a lot of fake blood

Rather than bars, bubbles, and dots, Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, and Marion Kotlarski use jars, bottles, and bowls of fake blood to show deaths from 25 major conflicts in 100…

Flash vs. HTML5

Design firm Periscopic takes a look at the Flash versus HTML5 debate and some considerations you should make if you’re deciding which one to use in your projects. The main…

Global search volume by language

To show off their new toy that is WebGL, a 3D graphics API for JavaScript, the Google Data Arts Team maps global search volume by language: The Search Globe visualizes…

Stats of the Union tells health stories in America

Stats of the Union, the new Fathom-produced iPad app, maps the status of health in America. Browse, pan, zoom, and explore through a number of demographics and breakdowns.…

Where the water resources are and where they go

Designer David Wicks compares rainfall against water consumption in his thesis project Drawing Water: Drawing Water is a constructed landscape shaped by the relationship between where water falls and where…

One man’s travel patterns – Atlas of the Habitual

FInding himself in a new town, with a new job, Tim Clark started tracking his location on August 24, 2010, and ended 200 days later on March 13, 2011. Every…

Reactions to the death of a terrorist

On the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death, there was a mixed reaction across the country. Some celebrated, whereas others had mixed feelings. Jon Huang and Aron Pilhofer for The…

Oil spill amounts in perspective

On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, designer Chris Harmon puts the amount of spilled oil into perspective in this video (below). It’s mostly simplified facts and…